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Obscure figures hunted in Iraq

The U.S. Army was looking for “The Egyptian.” The suspected leader of a local Sunni insurgent cell wasn’t really Egyptian, as far as intelligence officers knew, but they gave him the nickname because he stuck out from the Shiites in this town northwest of Baghdad. Other suspects included The Egyptian’s father, known as The Figurehead, as well as The Recruiter, The Financier and The Gun Runner. But the Egyptian topped the list of 17 read aloud by Staff Sgt. Howard Wulfhorst from a red folder marked “Secret.” Preparing his platoon for evening raids last Thursday, Wulfhorst recited the suspects’ real names, with his Patterson, N.Y., accent wrapping clumsily around the Arabic names. Full Story

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